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December 17, 2009

{Iron Man 2}

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Oh, I couldn't resist posting this...

The movie is set six months after the effects of the events of Iron Man, with billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow (as Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (as James “Rhodey” Rhodes), and Mickey Rourke (as Ivan Vanko / Whiplash).

Watch the trailer here right here...



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December 15, 2009

{Tarantino's Top 8 Films of '09}

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The Hollywood Reporter asked Tarantino what his favorite films of 2009 are and he gave them a list of 8 films that are his picks "so far". As he explains in the video (which you can watch below), he hasn't seen Avatar, The Lovely Bones, or Invictus yet, so they're not included. And he also needs to watch Bright Star and District 9 again, because he thinks they may move back up on the list once he does so.

Tarantino's Top 8 Films of 2009:
1. Star Trek
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Funny People
4. Up in the Air
5. Chocolate
6. Observe & Report
7. Precious
8. An Education

While I enjoyed the autistic-girl-turned-martial-arts-expert flick Chocolate and the campy horror of Drag Me To Hell, I am fairly certain neither would make my picks. Personally, I failed to even sit through Star Trek, but Precious would probably be on my list. Hmmm...time to think of my picks.

Watch the video of Tarantino's Picks...



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{The Notwist}

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German indie band The Notwist are back with a new 7", in which they managed to attract Grizzly Bear to do a remix of their new track "Come In".

Listen to "Come In" courtesy of Russian Adults

Order the import single Right Here

Here's the video for "Pick Up The Phone" (off their classic album Neon Golden)...



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{Elliott Smith}

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Kill Rock Stars announced that on April 6th they will reissue Elliott Smith's debut solo album Roman Candle and 2004's From a Basement on a Hill. To celebrate these two releases they have offered a previously unreleased track entitled "Cecilia/Amanda" for free!

Have a listen...

"Cecilia Amanda"

Here's Elliott playing "Angeles"...



Here's Elliott playing "Between The Bars"...



Order Elliott Smith's albums Right Here

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December 14, 2009

{Everyone Else}

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Everyone Else is an independent German film directed by Maren Ade. The film is about a German couple that travel to Sardinia and as Karina Longworth at Spout wrote, "watch, almost as if helplessly, as their seemingly solid relationship erodes upon contact with foreign forces."

No US release date for this one just yet, but when I know more so will you!

Watch the trailer right here...



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{Sade}

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Sade has a new song titled "Soldier Of Love" from the forthcoming album of the same name, due to release February 9th, 2010.

Have a listen...

"Soldier of Love"

Pre-order the album Right Here

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{Saint John of Las Vegas}

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Saint John of Las Vegas is a new indie film starring Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Tim Blake Nelson. The film is about a compulsive gambler who gets lured back into Las Vegas.

Look for Saint John of Las Vegas in select theaters on January 29th, 2010.

Watch the trailer Here or right here...



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December 08, 2009

{Blur}

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The Scenestar tipped me off that Blur has announced that they will be releasing a documentary film titled No Distance Left To Run, set to release in the UK on January 19th, 2010.

No Distance Left to Run was filmed throughout the band’s rehearsals and their recent reunion tour. No word yet on the US release date, but when I know more so will you!

Watch the trailer right here...



Have a listen to a couple of classic Blur tunes courtesy of Rollin' & Scratchin'

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{Vampire Weekend}

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Vampire Weekend just released the new single "Cousins", which features the excellent b-side "California English, Pt. 2"!

"California English, Pt. 2" features a four second electronic glitch loop that plays throughout the song, which brings to mind the sound of Discovery (the side project of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles).

Have a listen...



Purchase the single Right Here

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{A Christmas Tale}

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New from the Criterion collection comes France's Arnaud Desplechin's lovely, novelistic drama that captures the holidays in all of it's dysfunctional glory.

Catherine Deneuve stars as a woman who learns of her life-or-death need for a bone-marrow transplant. She calls the family together, a reuniting of sorts, and the merriment and melancholy (in equal parts) begin.

Read critic Philip Lopate’s new essay on the legendary director Arnaud Desplechin or checkout this interview between Desplechin and one of his best-loved directors, Wes Anderson.

Watch the trailer right here...



Purchase A Christmas Tale Right Here

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{Neon Indian}

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I recently got not one, but two brand new Neon Indian gave of the Grizzly Bear fave “Cheerleader.” The first one, aptly titled "Sega Genesis P-Orridge Mix", bathes the track in poppy synthy goodness, while the second mix, “Studio 6669 Remix", offers a more laid back approach.

Have a listen...

"Cheerleader (Sega Genesis P-Orridge Mix)"

"Cheerleader (Studio 6669 Remix)"

On a side note- While I haven't yet composed my list of Favorite Albums of the Year, I'm sure that in addition to Grizzly Bear, Neon Indian will def be in my top ten. So if you haven't picked up the album Psychic Chasms then you must do so right now!

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{Chromeo}

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Chromeo just released the video for their latest single "Night By Night".

You can listen to "Night By Night" courtesy of Emodreng & Indiepig

The video features some underground Dirty Dancing style moves...



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{44 Inch Chest}

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From the writers of Sexy Beast comes the action packed comedy 44 Inch Chest. The film boasts an impressive British cast including: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, and Joanne Whalley.

The film is about a mobster who loses his wife to another man, kidnaps the other man, and then apparently everything goes wrong.

This film just recently got picked up by Image Entertainment stateside, but doesn't have a release date set just yet. When we know more, so will you.

In the meantime, watch the trailer right here...


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{Philip Glass}

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Every now and then you get tired of all your rock tunes in your ipod and you need to hear something fresh. That's where The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol. 1 comes in handy.

Composer Philip Glass has scored plenty of notable films (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line, Cassandra's Dream, The Hours), as well as penning his own compositions. This is a great introductory to his music and the best part is...it's entirely FREE courtesy of Amazon!

Download The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol. 1 for FREE Right Here

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{Girls}

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This just in...San Francisco duo Girls will play a FREE show this saturday (Dec.5th) at Space 15 Twenty in L.A., before their sold out show at The Troubadour!

Girls first full-length album (which came out a couple months back) is full of catchy straight forward sunny pop tunes and has already began making plenty of Best Album of the Year lists.

Girls free live performance will begin at 3pm and DJs Joel Isaac Black, King Acre and Eastside Girls, Dez and Viv will be spinning tunes. Parking at Space 15 Twenty is free with validation. Also, there will be a toy drive benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles so please bring an unwrapped toy to donate.

Have a listen...

"Lust For Life"

"Laura"

Here's the video for "Lust For Life"...



Here they are performing "Lust For Life" on Pitchfork's Don't Look Down series...



Hear more from Girls' MySpace

Order the album Right Here

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{The Spirit Awards}

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This years Spirit Awards nominees have been announced, now it's time to get caught up on my independent film viewing! Some guys have the super bowl...I have The Spirit Awards.

I am wondering though...where are Moon (or Sam Rockwell for Best Actor) and The Hurt Locker.

I am also surprised I don't see Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, It Might Get Loud (featuring: Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge), or Tyson (about the life of Mike Tyson) in the Best Documentary category. I thought those were three of the best docs I saw this year.

The Spirit Awards will air Friday, March 5th, 2010 next year following the Oscars.

Get the complete list of nominees Right Here

I enjoyed both Sin Nombre and 500 Days Of Summer (two nominees for Best Picture). Here's trailers to a couple other Best Picture nominees...

Amreeka (view the trailer Here) or right here..



The Last Station (view the trailer Here) or right here...





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December 02, 2009

{The Dodos}

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San Francisco folk trio The Dodos premiered the daydreamy video for “Longform” (from The Dodos latest effort Time To Die).

Watch the video via Pitchfork

Also, here's a link to The Dodos Interview with Breakfast At Sulimay’s Joe Walker.

Once again, here was the first single off Time To Die...

"Fables"

Hear more from The Dodos MySpace

Order Time To Die Right Here

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{The Twilight Sad}

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Scottish indie rock band The Twilight Sad released a new single for "Seven Years Of Letters" (off the new album Forget The Night Ahead) with the non-album track "Suck". FatCat Records sent over a stream to listen to both tracks!

Listen to "Seven Years Of Letters" and "Suck" Right Here

Here's the video for "Seven Years Of Letters"...



Previously mentioned...

Have a Listen to...

"Reflections of the Television"

Also hear Twight Sad cover The Smiths and Joy Division courtesy of Regnsky

Watch the video for ‘I Became A Prostitute’, which features a burlesque dancer in some very lovely sepia-toned shots...



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December 01, 2009

{fanfarlo}

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December is here and what better time to put together a festive gift.

From today (1st December), every day until the 24th December (as tradition says to), Fanfarlo will be offering up some form of a gift from their website.

Previously mentioned...

Have a listen to this infectious tune...

"The Walls Are Coming Down" (Courtesy of The Glorious Hum)

Here's another new song...

"Ghosts" (Courtesy of Blah Blah Blah Science)

Here's the new video for the second single "The Walls Are Coming Down"...



Also, here's the video for the first single off the album "Fire Escape"...



Hear more from Fanfarlo's MySpace

Order Reservoir Right Here

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{Heavy Trash}

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I recently picked up Heavy Trash's new album Midnight Soul Serenade and I haven't been able to stop listening!

Jon Spencer's raunchy blues can sometimes be over the top and sometimes his creepy lyrics can turn people off, but I think that's what makes him one of a kind. Like him or not, the guy introduced the blues to a whole new generation of music junkies.

Here's a couple of my favs...

"Good Man"

"(Sometimes You Got To Be) Gentle"

Here's a clip of Heavy Trash on Balcony TV...



Order Midnight Soul Serenade Right Here

Order Midnight Soul Serenade Right Here

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{Shout Out Louds}

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Merge Records will release Sweden's Shout Out Louds next album titled Work on February 23, 2010. Work is the band's third album. It was recorded in Seattle and produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses). The band has made a new song "Walls" available for FREE download at the link below.

Have a listen...

"Walls"

Watch the video for "Walls" Here

Hear more from Shout Out Louds MySpace

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{Vexille}

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New on SlashControl is Fumihiko Sori's sci-fi action tale Vexille. Now, the plot to the '07 film is a bit complicated (plot synopsis), but the stunning visuals (combining 2-D and 3-D animation, as in his earlier film Appleseed), and score by Paul Oakenfold should be enough of a draw for some of you!

While you can see the whole film for FREE right here, I would recommend checking this out on DVD so you could fully appreciate the animation.



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